citysocializer likes to mix things up: we want to discover things first so that our members can reap all the benefits of our courageousness and create an event they’ll love. Today we took part in an activity that would get your adrenaline pumping.
George Bernard Shaw said that “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing”. citysocializer completely agrees with him: George was right on the money. “How can I play now, I’m an adult?”, I hear you ask. Well… have you heard of Geocaching?
What is it?
Ultimately its a gigantic treasure hunt for adults that transforms a city into a playground. There are treasure troves (caches) almost everywhere: including rural and urban areas, and abroad. You find these caches by negotiating your way with a GPS device to their location and opening them up to see what’s inside.
How does it work?
An individual creates a cache and logs it on the website’s GPS system (each cache has a description, clue and difficulty rating) and other people visit it! Smart phones have created a phenomenal influx in the amount of people who geocache casually because its available as an app when previously it had to be done on a GPS device. Social media has also increased its popularity as people can share what they found, where and with who.
What are the rules?
- If you take something from the geocache (or “cache”), leave something of equal or greater value.
- Write about your find in the cache logbook: you can do this online on the website.
Who does this?
Geocachers are represented in nearly every demographic in over 180 countries worldwide, ranging from young children to retirees. Look out for ‘Dedicated Geocachers’ as they tend to compete to find as many caches as possible in a day or in as many consecutive days as they can.
Who else does this?
WE DO. A few members of our team took out our phones and hit the streets to find caches in our vicinity. There were ups and down but it resulted in one tremendous find and a few photos! TFTH SL (see acronyms).
Non-geocashers (I kid you not!)
Bring your own Pen/Pencil
An acronym for ‘Stuff We All Get.” It includes the trade items left in caches by geocachers.
TFTC / TFTH
Thanks For The Cache. Thanks For The Hide.
Took Nothing. Left Nothing.
TNLNSL / TNSL
Took Nothing. Left Nothing. Signed Logbook / Took Nothing. Signed Logbook.
The National Trust supports it fervently so it has to be good.
Visit www.geocashing.com to get started then why not create you own Geocaching social and get a group of citysocializer’s together to join you on your hunt.